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Dennis Port Man Sentenced for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dennis Port man was sentenced today for receipt and possession of child pornography.

Sean Gleason, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 68 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In August 2020, Gleason pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Following an investigation into the use of a messaging application in the exchange of child pornography, a search of Gleason’s cell phone on Sept. 10, 2019 revealed hundreds of images of child pornography. A full forensic review of the phone revealed at least 498 images and at least one video of child pornography. The cache of child pornography included images depicting the abuse of infants, toddlers and prepubescent minors. 

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam W. Deitch of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated August 30, 2021

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